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mindblowingscience:

What is the Evidence for Evolution?

Youtube user Stated Clearly investigates the multiple lines of evidence for evolution by showcasing Cetacean Evolution. Very easy to understand and informative.

This video is for those who are yet to study about the Theory of Evolotion or for those who staunchly refuse to believe in it. 

Really worth a watch if you are scientifically curious. 

sciencealert:

While chasing storms in Italy, Slovenian photographer Marko Korošec captured some pretty spectacular images of red sprite lightning flashing over the central Adriatic Sea.View more: http://bit.ly/1ndE7fi via Design You Trust

This picture is out of this world. WOW! What a Shot! 

sciencealert:

While chasing storms in Italy, Slovenian photographer Marko Korošec captured some pretty spectacular images of red sprite lightning flashing over the central Adriatic Sea.

View more: http://bit.ly/1ndE7fi via Design You Trust

This picture is out of this world. WOW! What a Shot! 

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From Assembly to Launch Pad: MAVEN

Recently, NASA’s MAVEN (Mars Orbiter and Volatile Evolution) spacecraft went into orbit around Mars. MAVEN was designed to enable scientists to study Mars’ upper atmosphere. MAVEN’s goal is to allow us to better understand the history of the Martian atmosphere, how the climate has changed over time, and how that has influenced the evolution of the surface and the potential habitability of the planet.
MAVEN was launched from Cape Canaveral in November 2013. It takes years and hundreds of millions of dollars to build a spacecraft like this, so nothing is left to chance. MAVEN had to clear a lot of hurdles before it made it to the launch pad.
The test protocols for a spacecraft like this are meticulously designed to simulate every stage of the mission. It is far better to discover a problem in the factory than on the launch pad (or post-launch!), so these tests allow the engineers to diagnose and fix any hardware or software problems that would have otherwise come up during the business end of the mission.  
Click on this link to find out more about some of those tests.

Submitted by Srikar D., Discoverer.
Edited by Mark S.

scinote:

From Assembly to Launch Pad: MAVEN

RecentlyNASA’s MAVEN (Mars Orbiter and Volatile Evolution) spacecraft went into orbit around Mars. MAVEN was designed to enable scientists to study Mars’ upper atmosphere. MAVEN’s goal is to allow us to better understand the history of the Martian atmosphere, how the climate has changed over time, and how that has influenced the evolution of the surface and the potential habitability of the planet.

MAVEN was launched from Cape Canaveral in November 2013. It takes years and hundreds of millions of dollars to build a spacecraft like this, so nothing is left to chance. MAVEN had to clear a lot of hurdles before it made it to the launch pad.

The test protocols for a spacecraft like this are meticulously designed to simulate every stage of the mission. It is far better to discover a problem in the factory than on the launch pad (or post-launch!), so these tests allow the engineers to diagnose and fix any hardware or software problems that would have otherwise come up during the business end of the mission.  

Click on this link to find out more about some of those tests.

Submitted by Srikar D., Discoverer.

Edited by Mark S.

10 stories to read this weekend - Edition 40 - October 10, 2014

“Reading is thinking with someone else’s head instead of ones own.” Arthur Schopenhauer. 

Welcome to “10 stories to read this weekend,” a weekly feature that links to some interesting stories.

Scenes from Daily Life in the de Facto Capital of ISIS 

A source in Syria describes life in Raqqa, a city transformed under militant control, with sketches by Molly Crabapple.

How Burmese Elephants Helped Defeat the Japanese in World War II

A British “elephant whisperer” and his best beloved helpers waged guerrilla warfare and carried refugees to safety.

The Honey Hunters

All about a trip into the Sundarbans, where groups of honey hunters risk their lives in the forests to follow the ancient practice of collecting honey.

The self-made man, history of a myth: From Ben Franklin, to Andrew Carnegie, to Sophia Amoruso. 

The yawning gap between the dearly held ideal of the self-made man and the difficulty of actually improving your station in America, particularly if you’re poor, made me wonder about the utility of the rags-to-riches story. Is it a healthy myth that inspires us to aim high? Or is it more like a mass delusion keeping us from confronting the fact that poor Americans tend to remain poor Americans, regardless of how hard they work?

Thirteen Ways of Looking at Greg Maddux [via Kottke.org]

Thirteen Ways of Looking at Greg Maddux is not really a story about Greg Maddux. Or sports. It’s about Jeremy Collins’ friend Jason Kenney, demons, self-control, determination, friendship, competitiveness, and loss.

Aboard a Cargo Colossus 

In the chess match that has global powers looking for new ways to move goods around the world, the Mary Maersk and nine other sister ships are the biggest pieces.

Inside the Biggest-Ever Hedge-Fund Scandal 

How a doctor, a trader, and the billionaire Steven A. Cohen got entangled in a vast financial scandal.

Secret Life of a Guinness World Records Judge 

Before their feats are etched in history, the world’s would-be record breakers must impress one woman who tirelessly travels the globe with a stopwatch, a tape measure, and an indefatigable appreciation for eccentric human accomplishment.

The Anatomy of Attention 

For decades, philosophers and scientists have debated the process by which we pay attention to things, based on cognitive models of the mind. But, in the view of many modern psychologists and neurobiologists, the “mind” is not some nonmaterial and exotic essence separate from the body. All questions about the mind must ultimately be answered by studies of physical cells, explained in terms of the detailed workings of the more than eighty billion neurons in the brain. At this level, the question is: How do neurons signal to one another and to a cognitive command center that they have something important to say?

The Limits of Friendship

As constant use of social media has become the new normal, however, people have started challenging the continued relevance of Dunbar’s number: Isn’t it easier to have more friends when we have Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to help us to cultivate and maintain them?

Note:10 stories to read this weekend” is a marquee feature of this blog. New editions are published every friday at 22:00 IST / 16:30 GMT.